Mariana Dale

Early Childhood Education Reporter

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Mariana Dale covers early childhood education for KPCC. She'd previously reported for KJZZ, the public radio station in Phoenix since 2016, where she most recently focused on education.

While at KJZZ, Mariana helped found the engagement reporting project, Q&AZ which led her to answer questions about everything from the history of Japanese internment to saguaro cacti.

Mariana has a strong belief in the power of engaged journalism.

“Connecting with the community at every step makes for better journalism," she said. "I’m excited about the opportunity to focus my attention on a beat that has the potential to improve the lives of Southern California families and caregivers.”

Mariana was born and raised in Arizona and has worked at papers and radio stations in Tucson and Phoenix. She’s also a member of the Next Generation Radio family, and loves “talking about media with the youths!”

Stories by Mariana Dale

What Do Doulas Do — And How Can I Find One In LA?

What exactly is a doula? Doulas provide expecting and new mothers with educational, emotional, and advocating support before, during and after a baby is born. But, how do I interview a doula? How do you know they're qualified? Will insurance cover their services? LAist readers sent us more than a dozen questions like this, and we spoke with 20 California doulas to get answers.

Newsom's Plan For Early Childhood Education

Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed state spending plan Friday. The Governor is continuing his push to improve early childhood education and wants to establish a new Department of Early Childhood Development.

Early Childcare Providers Are Spending Their Own Money To Take Care Of LA's Kids

Finding affordable child care is often a struggle, but parents aren’t the only ones dealing with the financial burden. KPCC’s Mariana Dale talked to childcare providers about the strategies they use -- including dipping into their personal finances -- to make ends meet.

Boos, Cheers, Community At Crenshaw #DebateSoWhite Party

A co-working space on Crenshaw Blvd. in Leimert Park hosted a watch party for the Dec. 19, 2019 Democratic presidential debate.

Search Team Volunteers Undergo Extensive Training

Search-and-rescue teams from around the state tried to find a hiker who went missing near Mt. Baldy on Dec. 8. The search was suspended after a volunteer died.

Los Angeles Childcare Programs Lack Financial Security

The report looked at the financials of 26 LA non-profit childcare centers. Half had less than one month of operating cash on hand.

Doula Services Program Defunded Amid Internal Disputes

Three doulas were fired and one resigned after complaints of racial insensitivity and mismanagement at the Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health.

Cal Poly Pomona To Offer Evening Childcare

There will be space for up to 24 children, Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Most the parents that use the center are also students at the college.